Japanese Prime Minister wins upper house elections

7 years ago by in Politics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a majority in the upper house elections that took place Sunday. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party now has control over both houses of the Parliament, for the first time in six years. Abe said that the result of the victory will be the endorsement on the economic reforms he already started, to end Japan’s stagnation.

The exit polls are presenting Abe’s party as a sure winner but the official results are to be scheduled on Monday. Still, the preliminary results show that Abe’s coalition will control 130 seats in the 242 seat upper house, the international media reports.

The result of the elections comes as a vote of confidence for Abe, BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says. According to the media, the turnover for Sunday’s elections was lower than the last upper house election, in 2010.

“Our economic policy is right. This is what I have said and I expect the support of our people”, Abe said. “These policies are contributing to the economy already and further improvement is needed, including wage increases, more consumption, more investments”, the Prime Minister added.

The upper house is able to block legislation introduced by the government.